President and CEO, Southern Poverty Law Center
Margaret Huang, an advocate for human rights and racial justice for nearly three decades, is the President and CEO of the Southern Poverty Law Center. The
SPLC serves as a catalyst for racial justice in the U.S. South and beyond, working in partnership with communities to dismantle white supremacy,
strengthen intersectional movements, and advance the human rights of all people. With offices in five states in the Deep South and Washington, DC, the
SPLC works to eradicate poverty, reduce incarceration, protect voting rights, and combat white supremacy.
Throughout her career, Margaret has championed social justice and human dignity, advocating against discrimination and oppression in all of its forms. Prior
to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Margaret served as the Executive Director of Amnesty International USA, where she was responsible for leading campaigns to
protect the human rights of migrants and refugees, torture survivors, gun violence victims, and activists and protestors across the globe. Margaret has given testimony before the U.S. Congress, the United Nations human rights bodies, and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. She currently sits on the Boards of Directors for the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Women’s Law Center, and the Progressive Multiplier Fund. She is a 2003 ICAP Fellow and serves on the Advisory Committee American Studies for the Salzburg Global Seminar.
Margaret previously served as the Executive Director of the Rights Working Group, coalition focused on protecting human rights and civil liberties of vulnerable
communities in the post-September 11 era. Other experience includes working at Global Rights, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights, The Asia
Foundation, and the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Ms. Huang received a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University, and a B.S.F.S.
from Georgetown University